The headline of the article may suggest a negative tone being put forth on the overseas, up and coming middleweight sensation, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (27-0, 24 KOs). Golovkin, who is one of boxing’s best punchers in the world, has gradually received more and more flack for not taking on the other top fighters in the middleweight division such as Sergio Martinez, Peter Quillin, or any of the other world title holders within the division.
Because Golovkin has not fought either of the previously mentioned fighters in Martinez and Quillin, Golovkin’s stature took a hit. As of now, Golovkin’s accomplishments presently exists within the realm of Canelo Alvarez before thwarting Austin Trout, and is now on par with rival Julio Cesar Jr’s solid run as a middleweight before running into the Argentine buzz saw, Sergio Martinez, this past september in Las Vegas.
Tonight first thing is first, and that old boxing adage will hold true until taxes are optional in the country. Gennandy Golovkin has a fighter in front of him who can punch, has good size for a middleweight, has the hand speed that may be on par with Golovkin himself and some balls.
That being said Stevens has 3 losses already to ESPN level competition (great fights Stevenson has had on their, just not world-class stuff). Stevens possesses 18 knockout victories in 25 victories, not 20 or 21 KO’s in 25 victories against stiff competition. As Paulie Malignaggi says himself, as he tries to educate myself and others when the former two division champion has time to give some insights: You can not always go by the KO percentage, a lot of those KO’s could be dependent on the opponent who falls down easily.
The writing is on the wall, this title bout is designed to continue the Gennady Golovkin knockout highlight reel express. And guess what? We will get it. Will we, however, get to see Golovkin, probably the best puncher and middleweight in the world, genuinely pursue the best fighters in the world to prove his skills and leave no doubts?
Hopefully the powers that be, (HBO, Top Rank, Showtime and Golden Boy promotions as well) continue their recent, 2013, trend of matching up the best fighters with the best fighters.
In Golovkin’s case he is truly stuck in the middle. Golovkin is not a known official part of either the Golden Boy nor Top Rank’s stables. Despite appearances on HBO since coming to the United States a little over a year ago, in which Golovkin decimated each of the four fighter put in front of him in brutal fashion. The Kazakhstan bred fighter could find little attractive attention. Understanding the status quo, in that promotional companies tend to prefer matching their own signed fighters against each other. One could only imagine the frustration Golovkin had to endure upon finding out he, a former olympic medalist, would be denied of several opportunities against several other fighters because his business management was not up to par.
Enter Deja Vu, many believe Golovkin is the best middleweight in the world, regardless of not holding onto the crown of the division that Sergio Martinez has. Peter Quillin, because of better backing from his promotional team, has been taking on tougher fights than Golovkin recently, such as Gabriel Rosado. Yes, Golovkin dismantled Rosado in even easier fashion than did Quillin. But as said before, Stevens is a step down from Rosado, not a step up. Ultimately meaning this past Saturday night, Golovkin’s level of competition went down as Quillin’s went up. Leaving Golovkin’s ascension in a stagnant phase right now.
Either way, no matter what Golovkin’s situation is, this terrific, dynamite punching sensation needs to fight some of the top ranked fighters from a 154 pounds to 168 pounds following what should be a blowout performance tonight. After that, the honey moon should be over. Hypothetical dream Golovkin fights will need to come to fruition. It would be fabulous for the sport. Getting in the ring with whom the public wants to see you prove yourself against is the essence of a pugilist career. And if Golovkin want to do more than just score jaw dropping knockout over mediocre to decent opponents and continue to receive the adulation that has been presented to him thus far, he will have to fight the world’s best from here on out. Golovkin is 31, not 21.